Hey everyone! My name is Anthony Brock. I am currently a 3rd year Biology major at LSU and I’ve been involved with HIA for a little over a year and a half now. I’m from Baton Rouge, and graduated from Catholic High School, where I got to know some of the guys who founded the organization. I, like everyone involved in HIA, have a passion for hands on service and helping others. Our desire to serve has led us here to Amatongas, Mozambique. Sorry for the delay in getting the blog up and running, but the electricity has been out overnight and a good bit of this morning. I’ll explain a little bit how this blog is going to be put together. Every day, one of us will be responsible for putting together a blog entry to tell our story while we’re here at Amatongas, so you will get nine different writing styles and viewpoints throughout the trip. I’m going to start by recapping our travel and first day at the mission…

After about a 16-hour flight to Johannesburg, a 2-hour flight to Beira, and a 3-hour drive, we made it to Amatongas. The flights weren’t that bad, quite manageable actually, with a seemingly unending choice of movies to watch on your own personal 8” headrest touch screen, courtesy of Delta. The drive was a whole other story. Driving down a road on which never ending potholes become cliffs as they enter the range of the headlights, we might as well have been driving on the surface of another planet. Somehow, Knox slept most of the drive, which is a pretty amazing feat in itself. Knowingly, or unknowingly, that is exactly where we were headed. We were on our way to a world where touch screens are unheard of, shoes are a luxury, hands are utensils, and women have an inexplicable ability to balance ANYTHING on their heads. After what seemed like days sitting, mostly bouncing, on two bench seats in the back of a Toyota Land Cruiser, we made it to the mission. The Brothers graciously welcomed us to their home and immediately made us feel like part of the family. After we had our fill of visiting, homemade bread, and star gazing, we headed off to bed.



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